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DEME wins major dredging contract for Abu Qir port, Egypt

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Hutchison Ports signing contract for Abu Qir port
Belgium-based dredging and offshore installation firm DEME said it had secured its largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract, for the Abu Qir port project in Egypt.

The project will see the deployment of DEME’s giant new cutter suction dredger Spartacus.

While it said the contract was a "large" one, and its largest ever in the dredging and reclamation space, DEME did not provide the exact figure. However, it did say that a “large” contract refers to a contract with a value of more than $357m.

This project includes the reclamation of 1,000 hectares of new land, the deepening of the port’s approach channel to 23 m and the dredging of a turning basin to 22 m. "An enormous volume of more than 150m cu m will be dredged," DEME said.

The marine works, including 6,800 m of quay walls for new berths, 8,800 m of breakwaters and soil improvement works, will be executed by DEME’s consortium partner GIECO, a Egyptian marine engineering company.

DEME will deploy what it says is the world’s most powerful cutter suction dredger (CSD) ‘Spartacus’ on the project. The vessel will join DEME’s fleet in 2021.

The project’s preparation has already started, with the main works set to start in early 2021. The project is due for completion in 2023.

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